Saturday, April 30, 2011

Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer

The first five chapters of the book are so very boring. The characters are introduced, and their relationship with Sir Arthur Billington-Smith explained. Then Sir Arthur is murdered. A detective from Scotland yarn is brought in to solve the mystery, which he does by interviewing everyone that was at the house party. This is another few boring chapters. I did not find this book suspenseful or mysterious at all. I don't recommend reading this book.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Maids of Misfortune A Victorian San Francisco Mystery by M. Lock

This cozy historical mystery is set in 1879, San Francisco. It is a cozy, locked door mystery about a widow named Annie, that solves a murder mystery, and also saves her boarding house from the clutches of one of her late husbands debtors. She plays a clairvoyant for added income, when one of her clients, Matthew Voss is murdered. She then becomes an amazing undercover sleuth by playing the part of a servant in the Matthew Voss home. This was a fun read. I am sure that this book is the beginning of a delightful mystery series.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Summer By Edith Wharton

Summer is the story of a Summer love between Chairty Royall, and Lucius Harney.  Summer was born a poor girl in the mountains, and given up by her mother to Lawyer Royall, and his wife. They became her legal guardians, but never adopted her. Mrs Royall is good to her, but dies when Charity is young, and lawyer Royall remains her guardian. As you read this love story you will find out that the romance between Summer and Lucius is doomed. Bringing this story to a very shocking ending.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tess of the dUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This book was published in 1891. It is the story of Tess Durbeyfield, the oldest daughter of John and Joan Durberfeild. They are a poor uneducated family. One day John finds out that he is of noble blood, and comes from a family named dUrbervills. This is the very sad story of how Tess was sent to live with a wealthy widow that is supposed to be her rich Aunt. John and Joan hope that she marries her cousin, bringing the family out of poverty. She is taken advantage of by her cousin, and her life goes down hill from there. This is the story of her struggles. It is a very sad story, but I enjoyed the book so very much.

Monday, April 11, 2011

My new sock pattern - Anniken Socks

I have designed another sock. These socks are knit from the top down on size 1 DPN's. They feature a 2 x 2 ribbed cuff, a slick short-row heel, and a classic toe. The pattern for these socks can be found here. This is a nice all over lace pattern perfect for any time of year.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Knitting Poem

Cute sock rhyme from 1887 Jenny June Knitting and Crochet manual


A Stocking In Rhyme

To knit a stocking, needles four,

Cast on three needles and no more;

Each needle stitches eight and twenty.

Then one for seam stitch will be plenty.

For twenty rounds your stitch must be

Two plain, two purl alternately.

Except the seam stitch which you do

Once purl, once plain, the whole way through.

A finger plain you next must knit,

Ere you begin to narrow it;

But if you like the stocking long,

Two fingers' length will not be wrong.

And then the narrowings to make,

Two stitches you together take

Each side the seam; then eight rounds plain,

Before you narrow it again.

Ten narrowings you'll surely find

Will shape the stocking to your mind;

Then twenty rounds knit plain must be,

And stitches sixty-five you'll see.

These just in half you must divide,

With thirty-two on either side;

But on one needle there must be

Seam stitch in middle, thirty-three.

One half on needles two you place,

And leave alone a little space;

The other with the seam in middle,

To manage right is now my riddle.

Backward and forward you must knit,

And always purl the backward bit;

But seam stitch, purl and plain, you know,

And slip the first stitch every row.

When thirty rows you thus have done,

Each side the seam knit two in one

Each third row, until sure you feel

That forty rows are in your heel.

You then begin the heel to close;

For this, choose one of the plain rows;

Knit plain to seam, then two in one,

One plain stitch more must still be done.

Then turn your work, purl as before

The seam stitch -- two in one, one more;

Then turn again, knit till you see

Where first you turned, a gap will be.

Across it knit together two,

And don't forget on plain to do;

Then turn again, purl as before,

And sew till there's a gap no more.

The seam stitch you no longer mind,

That, with the heel, is left behind.

When all the heel is quite closed in,

To knit a plain row you begin,

And at the end you turn no more,

But round and round knit as before.

For this, on a side needle take

The loops the first slip-stitches make;

With your heel needle knit them plain,

To meet the old front half again.

This on one needle knit should be,

And then you'll have a needle free

To take up loops the other side,

And knit round plain, and to divide

The back parts evenly in two;

Off the heel needle some are due;

Be careful that you count the same.

On each back needle, knit round plain;

But as the foot is much too wide,

Take two together at each side,

On the back needle where they meet

The front to make a seam quite neat

Each time between knit one plain round,

Till stitches sixty-four are found;

And the front needle does not lack

As many as on both the back.

You next knit fifty-six rounds plain,

But do not narrow it again;

'Twill then be long enough, and so

Begin to narrow for the toe.

Your long front row knit plainly through,

But at its end knit stitches two

Together and together catch

Two first in the next row to match;

Then to the other side knit plain

Half round, and do the same again;

That is , two last together catch,

Two first in the front row to match.

At first knit four plain rounds between,

Then two, then one, until 'tis seen

You've knit enough to close the toe;

And then decrease in every row,

Until to stitches eight you're brought,

Then break the thread off -- not too short-- And as these stitches eight you do,

Each time your end of thread pull through.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Faith makes all things possible.

Hope makes all things work.

Love makes all things beautiful.

May you have all of the three.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Saving Rachel by John Locke

I read this book in 1 day. I felt like I was in the twilight zone while reading this book. It is sort of a twilight zone story. There is suspense, chaos, and mystery. I enjoyed the book. Give it a read it you have time.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

This was written in 1886. It is the story of Michael Henchard. He sells his wife and daughter at a Fair. Then becomes a successful business man. He is a very selfish man. There is an affair, some scandal, and illegitimate children in this story. I thought that this was a long book. But a Good Read.